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Financial Aid

Undergraduate Students

The College of Engineering awards several scholarships based on high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, writing ability and overall leadership potential. Most engineering scholarships are partial scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000, and the average first-year scholarship ranges from $1,500 to $3,000. New incoming freshmen fill out the freshmen scholarship application, continuing students fill out the continuing student scholarship application and transfer students fill out the transfer scholarship application. The application is then returned to the Engineering Scholarship office and the the student is matched to appropriate scholarships that fit either their demographics, GPA or financial need. Students do not need to fill out an application for each scholarship.

For more information about the process visit the Financial Aid page on the Main College of Engineering site.

The Department of Mining Engineering requires an additional scholarship form that must be filled out and returned to the department chair.

The Department of Mining Engineering offers departmental scholarships beginning the student's sophomore year in the mining engineering program. Please contact Alycia Tidrick ( or 859-257-4596) for information regarding mining engineering scholarships.

Scholarship Application – Sophomore

Transfer Students

Scholarship information for returning students is based on the year they entered the Mining Engineering program.

Graduate Students

Nonresident graduate students holding assistantships may be eligible to receive tuition scholarships administered by The Graduate School and awarded each semester.

Out-of-state Tuition Scholarships

Full-time teaching and research assistants who are not residents of Kentucky may be nominated for full or partial tuition scholarships offered by The Graduate School.

Instate Tuition Scholarships

Full-time teaching assistants may be eligible for tuition scholarships for 100 percent of the in-state tuition; half-time teaching assistants may be eligible for tuition scholarships for 50 percent of the tuition.

General Tuition Scholarship Information

The director of graduate studies (DGS) is responsible for certifying to The Graduate School those eligible to receive tuition scholarships. Non-resident students who are classified as graduate assistants, who are reimbursed by departmental funds and who are supervised by departmental faculty will be so certified. Other qualified students who hold cooperative work assistantships and who receive support directly through the department will also be certified. Graduate students on traineeships or other externally funded programs where funds are available to pay tuition are not eligible for tuition scholarships.

Current Graduate School policy generally excludes research assistants from those eligible to receive in-state tuition scholarships. The grant/contract should provide increased stipends (or other funds) to non-resident research assistants to help defray the in-state portion of tuition fees.

Multiple Sources of Financial Aid/Employment

A student may simultaneously receive financial aid from multiple sources with the following exceptions:

  1. Students on traineeships or other externally funded programs where funds are available to pay tuition are not eligible for tuition scholarships
  2. Students may not receive funds granted for the express purpose of paying tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc. from more than one source
  3. Students may not receive support from multiple sources if one of those restricts or prevents receipt of support from other sources
  4. Students will not be permitted to engage in overload employment which unduly restricts or prevents satisfactory academic development or service to the university

There is no limit on the total amount of financial support that a student may receive from multiple sources.

An assistantship will generally not be awarded to an individual who has adequate support from other sources unless there are no other qualified applicants or the individual has particularly unique qualifications.